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Following the success of last year’s race, the 2013 Tour of Britain will again be heading to Surrey this September and details of this year’s route have now been announced.
An estimated 50,000 spectators were in Guildford last year to witness Mark Cavendish’s dramatic victorious stage win and all eyes will once again be on the cobbled High Street on Saturday 21 September as the penultimate stage of this year’s tour comes to a close in the same location.
100 riders from the World’s best teams will be competing in what has been described as the toughest Tour of Britain ever and although specific names are yet to be confirmed, the likes of Mark Cavendish, Chris Froome and Sir Bradley Wiggins are expected to feature.
Helen Clack, Portfolio Holder for Surrey County Council hopes that the tour coming to Surrey again will help to continue the buzz generated from last year’s Olympics.
“Playing host to such a great event like the Tour Of Britain we are keen to ensure that it is an inspiration for all people in Surrey to get on a bike and enjoy an active lifestyle whether you are able bodied or not. Young, old, make or female, get on a bike.”
- The cyclists will begin the 7th stage at the iconic Epsom Racecourse at 12pm. They will then head through Leatherhead, Great Bookham, Effingham and East Horsely towards the day’s first King of the Mountains at Crocknorth Road just after 12.30.
- Having completed the climb of Crocknorth Road. The race reaches Dorking where the first sprint of the day takes place on South Street and finishing outside the Cricketers Pub at 2.45.
- The challenge of the race continues with the second King of the Mountains of the stage on Coldharbour Lane racing up to Leith Hill.
- Having completed the King of the Mountains, the race heads through Holmbury St Mary at 1pm and Forest Green at 5 past 1 before the second sprint of the day on Ewehurst Road at 1.15.
- The riders will then be faced with the final and most challenging King of the Mountains as they tackle the 21% climb of Barhatch Lane followed by a very fast decent towards Shere where the riders are expected to pass through at about 1.35pm.
- The race pushes on through the villages of West Clandon and Send before heading through the heart of Woking just before 2pm.
- The final sprint of the day will take place just the other side of Woking on A320 Chertsey Road as the riders make their way towards Ottershaw and the borough of Runnymede for a rural section of the route.
- The riders should reach Chobham at about 2.20pm and will then proceed through the villages of Castle Green, Knaphill and Pirbright and on to Normandy for about 2.40pm.
- The riders will continue to head south towards Elstead, where they will pass through around 3pm before passing Frensham Ponds at 3.15 and into Farnham five minutes later.
- The route then heads towards Guildford on the Hogs Back but will detour through Compton to allow for the same conclusion as 2012.
- The riders are expected to make their way up Guildford High Street and complete the 150km stage at 3.45pm.
The tour is set to visit Scotland, the Lake District, Wales and Devon ahead of the Surrey stage. The week-long Tour will then finish in London where the overall winner will be donned with the yellow jersey.